Sam Smith’s ‘hyper-sexualised’ new music video slammed as ‘unhealthy’ | Music | Entertainment

Sam Smith, who goes by they/them pronouns, debuted the new single on The Graham Norton Show last Friday in a live performance. The 30-year-old shared that the lyrics are based on experiences of being “friend-zoned” time and again on dates. Alongside the single for new album Gloria, I’m Not Here to Make Friends has a controversial new music video that is getting lambasted for its “hyper-sexualised” depictions.

The new music video depicts the Oscar-winner arriving at a castle in a huge pink coat before performing inside with dancers wearing nipple tassels, suspenders and corsets. Other scenes filmed them thrusting on a bed in black leather undergarments, while a fountain of water is also sprayed into the Bond theme singer’s mouth.

In response to the divisive footage, which already has almost two million views in two days on YouTube, former GB News’ Alex Phillips has slammed it as “unhealthy” for society on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, when Richard Madeley was corrected for “misgendering” Smith as “he” instead of “they”.

Phillips added: “The problem is the graphic portrayal of what would be extreme sex scenes. It is all very well saying don’t let your children watch it, kids have handsets and mobile phones – they are going to see it. You cannot protect your kids from things like this. It doesn’t come with a content warning, you don’t have to put a credit card in and prove that you’re 18 to watch this video.”

Although many agreed with her on social media, calling it “monstrous”, “offensive” and vulgar” others defended Smith’s video, pointing out sexualised videos by female singers. And one tweeted: “Blimey, Lots of pearl clutching! Does anyone remember the 70s and 80s. Remember the Tubes or Divine? Move on everyone It’s been done before.”

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